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From the start of our supply chains, we try to reduce the impact of our products by looking for alternative more sustainable raw materials, by taking animal welfare seriously and by thinking carefully about the packaging we use

If you’re interested in an overview of how and where we make HEMA’s strong organic cotton rompers, watch our video.

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we source sustainable cotton
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of our wood, paper and bamboo products are FSC© certified
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of our fresh deli meats carry a ‘Better Life 1’ star since 2018

raw materials

The raw materials we use for our products have an impact on the world around us. Therefore it’s important that we make well-informed choices. To cement these choices we drew up a sustainability policy for the resources and raw materials we use most for our products. Focussing on raw materials that we use in large volumes enables us to make a bigger impact. The most important raw materials for which we have set objectives are cotton, wood, paper, coffee, tea, cocoa, fish and palm oil. We also aim to purchase other resources more sustainably.

Do you see a green leaf on the packaging of a HEMA product? This tells you that for this product, we purchased more sustainable raw materials that have the smallest possible environmental impact. It also shows that the product is produced in accordance with standards that ensure good working conditions and animal welfare. You can find the green leaf stamp on the packaging of textile and hardware products. Our food products are also produced with the greatest possible care, as demonstrated by the familiar logos and labels.

All cotton at HEMA is sourced sustainably. We use several certification standards: Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Organic Content Standard (OCS) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). To make things easier we introduced recognizable own logos for “Responsible” (BCI) and “Organic” Cotton (OCS and GOTS).

responsible cotton

In 2019 we sourced more than 9 million kilos of cotton lint as Better Cotton, enabling BCI to train more than 5.500 cotton farmers in more sustainable farming practices. BCI measures the improvements of farmers who are part of their programme with comparison farmers who are not part of the initiative. Thanks to the training programmes, In 2019, an estimated 5 million litres of water were saved and 3.300 kg of pesticides were avoided thanks to our sourcing of Better Cotton. We use the Responsible Cotton logo on the cotton products that we source as Better Cotton.

Cotton sourced as Better Cotton is not always physically traceable to end products. Farmers who are part of the Better Cotton Initiative benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source’, meaning that by buying cotton products from HEMA featuring our ‘Responsible Cotton’ logo, you’re supporting the training of farmers in more sustainable practices.

For more information visit bettercotton.org.

organic cotton

The organic cotton used for our products has been certified by one of the two following worldwide standards: the Organic Content Standard (OCS) or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These can be recognized by the “Organic Cotton” logo. Organic farming excludes the use of chemical substances, which is better for cotton farmers and better for the environment. Organic cotton is used in many of our products, such as this basic wardrobe item T-shirts en socks.

For more information visit globalstandard.org or textileexchange.org.

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